Intensive Session: Domestic Violence Supervision Strategies and Messaging for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence


Sunday, August 18, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Session Type: Intensive

Domestic Violence offenders, especially Men who Strangle violate at a statistically higher rate than the general probation population and when they do violate the consequences to the victim and our communities can be lethal. Current research suggests that probation officers are uniquely positioned to change lives through proper assessment, referrals and monitoring. Incorporating many of the lessons learned with The Institute on Strangulation Presentation this interactive session will examine first the complexities of Strangulations and other high risk offenses. Then we will look at the messages the courts send to offenders, their victims and their children about who is responsible for the violence. We will discuss the research around supervision. What policies can send the message that victim safety is our top priority and insistence that offenders can and must change their behavior. Participants will be challenged on their beliefs on what causes violence, and how best to address the underlying causes through supervision, support, accountability and intervention. We will explore different models that address violence and how probation can work hand in hand to advance intervention and offender behavior change.


James Henderson
TA Provider/Trainer, Battered Women's Justice Project

James Henderson has provided technical assistance to US Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women grantees through the Battered Women’s Justice Project since 2008. From 1991-20010 James was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Stalking and Domestic Violence offenders in Ann Arbor MI. He was assigned to the Washtenaw County Domestic Violence Unit as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative from 1999 to 2005 and works from a system perspective to enhance victim’s safety and defendant accountability. He has provided batterer intervention within the Detroit metropolitan area since 1995. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1991, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family oriented substance abuse program for drug using young people and their families. James has been a Certified Addition Counselor II since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1990. He received his Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1995.